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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Regents Approve New Engineering Major at SDSMT; Minors in Reading and Non-Profit Management Authorized

MADISON - As the nation's mining industry evolves, mining engineers are required not only to have a thorough education in engineering principles, but sound business judgment as well. A new bachelor's degree program at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will equip those graduates for the business world.

The South Dakota Board of Regents today approved the new B.S. degree in mining engineering and management, to be offered starting in the fall of 2004.

"There are more than 150 mines operating in South Dakota that need individuals who are able to combine technical knowledge of mining with management ability," Regents President Harvey C. Jewett said. "This new program at SDSMT positions us to better serve their needs."

In other action, the regents:

" Authorized a new system-wide undergraduate minor to prepare K-12 teachers to teach reading. The minor in preK-12 reading will be offered by teacher education programs at Black Hills State University, Dakota State University, Northern State University, South Dakota State University, and the University of South Dakota. The minor will be available starting this spring. Jewett said it complements statewide initiatives in South Dakota to improve students' reading comprehension and enhance teacher quality.

" Approved a minor in leadership and management of nonprofit organizations to be offered at South Dakota State University. The minor may be applied to any major earned at SDSU, but will be particularly useful to students studying business economics, consumer affairs, sociology, public recreation, psychology, and human development and family studies. The new minor will be offered starting next fall.

The degree program and minors approved this week were created without new state funding, the regents' executive director said. "A continued focus on system and campus efficiencies, coupled with careful planning and coordination, makes offering these programs possible within the existing higher education budget," Robert T. Tad Perry said.


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